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Northern Alaska Environmental Center v. United States Department of the Interior

A district court denied environmental groups' motion for summary judgment in a challenge to BLM's 2017 lease sale of more than 10 million acres in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A). The groups challenged the agency's failure...

Indigenous Environmental Network v. United States Department of State

A district court temporarily enjoined a pipeline company from constructing a cross-border oil pipeline known as Keystone XL. Environmental groups argued that the State Department violated NEPA when it approved Keystone XL, by failing to...

Wilderness Workshop v. United States Bureau of Land Management

A district court granted in part environmental groups' request for judicial review of BLM's resource management plan (RMP) for an area in the Colorado River Valley. The groups argued that the agency failed to consider the severity and...

Oglala Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The D.C. Circuit granted in part a Native American tribe's petition to review NRC's license decision for construction of a uranium mining project in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The tribe, which has historical ties to the proposed...

Defenders of Wildlife v. United States Army Corps of Engineers

A district court denied in part environmental groups' motion for summary judgment challenging BLM's and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' approval of a project to replace a wooden diversion weir with a concrete dam along the Yellowstone...

Western Organization of Resource Councils v. Zinke

The D.C. Circuit affirmed a lower court decision granting DOI's motion to dismiss an order compelling it to update the EIS for the federal coal management program. Environmental and community organizations claimed that the programmatic...

San Juan Citizens Alliance v. United States Bureau of Land Management

A district court held BLM violated NEPA when it approved 13 oil and gas leases covering 19,788 acres in the Santa Fe National Forest without considering the leases' impacts on climate change. BLM decided an EIS was not warranted based...

Audubon Society of Portland v. United States Army Corps of Engineers

A district court upheld the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' and FWS' management plan, EIS, and associated permits authorizing the “take,” or killing, of double-crested cormorants in the Columbia River estuary, even though the agencies...

Black Warrior Riverkeeper v. Alabama Department of Transportation

A district court, in a 126-page opinion, dismissed environmental groups' NEPA lawsuit against the Alabama Department of Transportation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Federal Highway Administration in connection with a...

Cascadia Wildlands v. Woodruff

A district court held that USDA's Wildlife Services failed to comply with NEPA with respect to gray wolf management in Washington. The agency entered into a cooperative service agreement with Washington's wildlife agency to help...

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